2nd Niger Bridge Building: Anambra Communities Drag Julius Berger To Courtroom

A group in Anambra state has raised alarm over the environmental and well being hazards attributable to Julius Berger throughout development of 2nd Niger Bridge.

The Ogbaru Neighborhood in Anambra State has dragged Julius Berger Nigeria Plc earlier than the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Awka, alleging a violation of Environmental Influence Evaluation within the development of the 2nd Niger Bridge, Punch has reported.
Additionally joined as defendants within the go well with are the Federal Ministry of Works and B and Q Dredging.
The group is demanding N2.5bn as damages for the alleged environmental and well being hazards arising from the actions of the respondents within the development of the bridge.
The plaintiff claimed that greater than 160 buildings from 15 communities within the Ogbaru Council Space on the coastal line of the River Niger had been adversely affected by the continued development, which handed via Asaba to Ogbaru and stretched to Obosi.
The group claimed that the actions of the development firm had polluted River Niger, their solely supply of water provide, with attendant adverse influence on aquatic and home lives.
They sought a court docket order to compel the defendants to recognise, deal and negotiate all phrases and situations of works with the Ogbaru Native Authorities Space chairman in respect of the mission being constructed.
When the matter got here up earlier than Justice I.B. Gafai on Tuesday, neither the defendants nor their counsel had been in court docket.
Justice Gafai mentioned the court docket wouldn’t proceed within the matter with out the presence of the defendants and glued September 29, 2020 for graduation of listening to.
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